Realistic Fiction

  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

    Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren't strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient.

  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

    This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel.

  • Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

    Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he's never far from trouble.

  • Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

    It was a one-in-a-million chance. A bag crammed with cash comes tumbling out of the air and lands right at Damian's feet. Suddenly the Cunningham brothers are rich. Very rich.

  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

    It's the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all.

  • Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

    Beezus wants to love her little sister but Ramona is just impossible! When Mom and her beloved sister, Aunt Beatrice, share some childhood memories, Beezus feels that maybe there is hope.

  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

    Leigh Botts has been author Boyd Henshaw's number one fan ever since he was in second grade. Now in sixth grade, Leigh lives with his mother and is the new kid at school.

  • Frindle by Andrew Clements

    Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. But now Nick's in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over. 

  • Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

    Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie's mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way.

  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

    The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket--and comes out with a dog.

  • The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake

    When Maleeka Madison, burdened with the low self-esteem that many black girls face for having darker skin, lays eyes on her new teacher, Miss Saunders, she encounters someone who, she feels, is worse off than she is.

  • Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

    A novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets.

  • The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader

    Tucker MacBean has been drawing comic books almost as long as he's been reading them. When his favorite comic has a contest for kids, he hopes he has finally found a way to fix his family-all he has to do is create the winning superhero sidekick.

  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

    Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.

  • The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

    How had Mrs. Olinski chosen her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? And why did they make such a good team?

  • How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor

    Half of me was thinking , Georgina, don't do this. Stealing a dog is just plain wrong. The other half of me was thinking , Georgina, you're in a bad fix and you got to do whatever it takes to get yourself out of it.

  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

    All summer, Jess pushed himself to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade, and when the year's first school-yard race was run, he was going to win. But his victory was stolen by a newcomer, by a girl, one who didn't even know enough to stay on the girls' side of the playground.

  • Holes by Louis Sachar

    Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad luck, so he isn't too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys' juvenile detention center, Camp Green Lake.

  • Maniac Magee by Jerri Spinelli

    Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run.